Supermarket security officer sent to prison for stealing cell phone from customer

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Supermarket security officer sent to prison for stealing cell phone from customer
Super J branch in Rodney Heights, Gros Islet.
Super J branch in Rodney Heights, Gros Islet.

Following an incident at the Rodney Bay branch of a well known supermarket chain last month, security officer Bradley Alphonse was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for the offence of stealing.

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the virtual complainant, Vivian Georges Taylor-Alexander,  who is the master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, realised she forgot her phone in the shopping basket at the Super J Supermarket in Rodney Heights.

She returned to the supermarket to get the phone but did not find it. After reviewing camera footage, management of the supermarket contacted her and informed her that the security officer, 24-year-old Bradley Alphonse of Marisule, Gros Islet, had taken the phone from the shopping basket and placed it in his pocket.

The defendant indicated that the phone was stolen from him when he got to town the same day, however his wife handed over the phone to police – but without the memory card and sim card.

He was arrested for stealing.

Alphonse pleaded guilty to the offence when he was taken to court on Monday, April 8, 2013.  He said he was going to return the phone the following day.

The complainant indicated that she has very important and confidential information stored on the two cards and wished for their recovery. The magistrate, Velon John, bailed the defendant on his own recognizance, with instructions to return to court the following day with both the memory card and the sim card after he indicated he never opened the phone.

Magistrate John informed Alphonse that his only hope of avoiding Bordelais was the return of the sim and memory cards.

However, Alphonse returned to court the following day, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 without the memory card, and indicated to the court that the items were accidentally thrown away by his wife while cleaning.

Magistrate John stated that society is plagued with these offences and noted that he would be sending a strong message to the public to stop them from committing these offences.

The magistrate also indicated that the defendant was a security officer whose job is to serve and protect patrons of the supermarkets, their belongings and also the belongings of the establishment itself.

As such Alphonse was sentence to 18 months for the offence of stealing.

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  1. true she needs a slap in her face and when she finish she sayin he stole it and told the young man bring the phone in she will not go court do the right thing now she still send him to jail what a pity for tht woman i hope she no she have kids as well -
    event security guards

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  2. DAMMIT thae security officer i am sure didnt go to work saying what the heck am i gonna steal today! THE LADY CARELESSLY left her phone in the basket! YES ! YES! BY ALL MEANS YES HE SHOULDNT TAKE THE PHONE BUT POOR GUY LET TEMPTATION CONSUME HIM!HIS WIFE DID THE RIGHT THING IN THE EFFORT FOR HIM TO SAVE HER HUSSY OR LIGHTEN THE BLOW BUT THE LADY IS MASTER OF EC SUPREME COURT....DAMMIT BY THE TIME HE HEARD THAT HE KNEW WHOLE CHEW PAR BON! the sim card and memory card are probably destroyed or throw away! so people when yal get phones eh put it in yal pockets !!!11

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  3. I do not believe there are pple out there defending a criminal. The guy was wrong, his job was to protect and serve. He stole and he lied about it. Too many times criminals are given get out of jail free cards. We need to start giving out harsh penalties like this, then maybe then they will try to stop.

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  4. she is no master she just wants to carry her name around so is velon john he should be punish yes but for 18 months thts wrong so much people goin to the [police about their phones and what they pay a money or 3 months in jail.is becuz she have a higher name in society they think they can do what they want.

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    • HE`S LUCKY THAT HE GOT 18 MONTHS AND NOT 18 YEARS WWHISH SHOULD`VE BEEN,HIS JOB IS TO SERVE,AND PROTECT THE PROPERTY OF THE CUSTOMER SO AS THE ESTABLISHMENT,I WONDER IF THESE GUYS HAVE TO PRODUCE A CERTIFECATE OF CHARACTER?

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  5. How is prison time calculated? Is he expected to spend an actual 18 months in prison. Or is day counted as one day and night counted as another; making his sentence an actual 9 months.

    Just curious.

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  6. You mean swift justice is actually posible in this country. What about the cases that have been sittin in the courts for years for worst offences? Those hypocrites with double standards..

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  7. When my daughter was in form two she was told to leave her school bag in the cubicle designed for that purpose at Bashco. The security cameras showed that a female security guard ( from Vieux Fort) went through the bag and then left her station to go to the back of the building.The investigating officer questioned the guard who subsequently left the job unannounced.Sadly the investigating officer spooked her before he knew of her exact location in Vieux Fort and she got away with the crime.Security guards have a mandate to guard and protect the property of others... How can one lose their valuables when asked by establishment to leave it in a designated place. I am happy with the sentence handed to this young man.Too many people are "taking" so called " little " things and refusing to accept that what they did is not criminal.We should not be alarmed at what it cost tax payers...we should be more concerned about how to address those social ills before they escalate.

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    • I agree that they should sentence the man but 18months is to dam much these people think because they have positions they can treat people like dogs

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